Under the main theme of “life and lifestyle,” students in the Division of Life Sciences research various fields related to the many meanings of the word “life.” Students pursue knowledge of the environments and lifestyles that humanity encounters within both fundamental and advanced fields— such as life science, environment, nutrition, genetics and diseases—by organically combining the academic disciplines of science, engineering and human life sciences. In the master’s program, students obtain the fundamental knowledge and skills required to excel in corporations, educational and research institutions, and health and medical institutions. Students in the doctoral program obtain the necessary skills needed to become leaders in life science fields.
The Biological Sciences program conducts research on organisms from the standpoint of both universality and diversity and offers students an understanding of the various structures and functions of organisms living in a dynamic environment. The research covers a wide range of targets including genes, genomes, biomolecules, cells and individual organisms.
The Human-Environmental Sciences program focuses on human lifestyles in approaching various issues related to the environment from the standpoint of science. Areas of research include the proposal and planning of urban and housing design; engineering analysis of human neurological and physiological functions; design of ergonomic devices; development of deodorant and superabsorbent materials; disinfectant and other technologies to remove harmful substances for a safe and pleasant water environment; and analysis of human evolution, mutation, and adaptation with a focus on the physical body.
The Food and Nutritional Sciences program addresses various issues related to food and health. Its research subjects include molecules, genes, cell, animals, and humans. Through basic and applied research, we provide scientific evidence to solve these problems. The department aims to develop food specialists and nutrition experts, who will work in academic institutes, food companies, and clinical and community settings as leaders among registered dietitians.
Genetic counseling is a practical medical service that supports clients to gain a deeper understanding of their disease or condition in which genes and the mechanisms of heredity play a part, so that they can make decisions or accept their circumstances. Genetic counselors provide up-to-date, accurate information and psychosocial support applying counseling techniques. The program specializes in developing board-certified genetic counselors who will pursue careers in healthcare, corporate, and policy-making organizations. It has also begun research toward gathering evidence related to genetic counseling studies.
Disease prevention science is a promising approach for resolving social issues, such as the accelerated aging of society and the increasing medical expenses. Based in central Tokyo, the four institutions of Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Gakushuin University, Kitasato University and Ochanomizu University combine their strengths to foster advanced data scientists who can manage and analyze various information toward disease prevention.